Ethical Issues Essay

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An Unethical and Illegal Professional Experience My first job I had was in a non-teaching hospital which meant that on afternoon and night shift the only doctor that was there was in the emergency room. If they were busy and could not leave the emergency room then there would be no doctors to respond to a code. If there was a code on a medical or surgical floor the nurses from the intensive care unit (ICU) or coronary care unit (CCU) would try to send someone to assist with the code since none of us had much experience with codes. The ANA House of Delegates approved these nine provisions of the new Code of Ethics for Nurses at its June 30, 2001 meeting in Washington, DC. In July, 2001, the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics voted to accept the new language of the interpretive statements resulting in a fully approved revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. 1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. 2. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. 3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. 4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient care. 5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. 6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions

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